BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
WHAT: Big Sur International Marathon – 24th Presentation
Events include a marathon, marathon relay, 21, 10.6 and 9-Milers (walking or
running), a 5K and the JUST RUN!® Just Kids 3K fun run (on Saturday, April 25)
WHEN: Sunday, April 26 for marathon and related events
Saturday, April 25 for JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K
Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, for Health & Fitness Expo
WHERE: The marathon and marathon relay begin at Pfeiffer Multi-use Facility in Big Sur.
The 21-Miler begins at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur.
The 10.6-Miler begins at Rocky Point Restaurant on Highway One.
The 5K and 9-Miler begin at Rio Road and Highway One in Carmel.
The 3K begins at on Wave Street near Prescott in Monterey
PARTICIPANTS: 11,047 registered runners in marathon run and walk events
(Actual number of finishers will be less)
o 4,200 registered in marathon
o 1,500 registered in marathon relay (300 teams)
o 1,000 registered in 21-Miler
o 1,600 registered in 10.6-Miler
o 1,000 registered in 9-Miler
o 600 registered in 5K
o 1,300 registered in JUST RUN!® Just Kids 3K
RUNNER STATS: Marathon: female-1726 (43%); male-2335 (57%)
21-, 10.6 and 9-Milers: female-3381 (77%); male-764 (23%)
All events combined (except 3K): female-5348 (59%); male-3737 (41%)):
Age ranges (marathon only/all events combined (except 3K)
<20 43 / 193 50-59 628 / 1,825
20-29 791 / 1,528 60-69 192 / 835
30-39 1,280 / 2,332 70+ 20 / 163
40-49 1,092 / 2,336
AWARDS: Awards will be given to top five overall male and female finishers and the top
three masters (40 & over) male and female based on GUN time. Divisional
awards will be based on CHIP time. Winners will receive hand-crafted trophies
and ASICS shoe certificates. Prize money was eliminated after the 2007 event.
AND EVENTS: The Big Sur Marathon began in 1986 with 1,800 runners and has grown in size,
stature and number of events since then. The course record of 2:16:39 set in
1987 by Brad Hawthorne still stands today. In 1995 the “Power Walk” was
added, and in subsequent years additional walks (now “Milers” since
participants have the option to either walk or run) were added. A 5K that had
welcomed a schools competition for many years spawned a new kids’ 3K run
now in it’s 2nd year in conjunction with the marathon. The Big Sur Marathon has
been called “one of the jewels of American running” and “one of the best
running experiences on the planet.” It has twice been named the “Best
Destination Marathon in North America” and has been ranked among the
world’s top five marathons.
HEALTH & FITNESS Approximately 50 booths will represent a variety of sponsor and merchandise
EXPO: vendors. Expo hours are 12-6 p.m. Friday, April 24 and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on
Saturday, April 25. The Expo also offers free race clinics featuring running icons
Jeff Galloway, Bart Yasso and Charlie Engle as well as a Friday night screening of
“Running the Sahara.”
Just Kids 3K An estimated 1,500 school aged children and their family members will
participate in the JUST RUN!® Just Kids 3K race, held Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m.
Sponsored by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and the
City of Monterey, this event is a complement to the marathon weekend,
offering younger children an opportunity to “Just Run” for fun. Food, prizes and
games will be available at the finish line. The JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K (1.8 miles)
is a goal race for the Big Sur Marathon’s JUST RUN® youth fitness program. A
Schools’ Competition provides $10,000 in prize money to local JUST RUN schools
based on participation in the event.
MAJOR SPONSORS: ASICS®, Runner’s World, Granite Construction, Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula, City of Monterey, Dole, Gatorade, GU, Earthbound Farm,
Marathon Foto, Monterey Marriott and KSBW Channel 8.
NEW IN 2009: Clif Bar Pace Teams will make their Big Sur debut supporting veteran to novice
runners looking to finish in times ranging from 3:40 to 5:30. Green initiatives
include “Pickup Pal”, an online carpool service connecting drivers and
passengers in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Also offered is “BYOB”, a
program designed to encourage runners to carry water bottles in an effort to
eliminate paper cups.